War Aeternus 3: The Culling

Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott
Series: War Aeternus, Book 3
Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
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Struggling to recover from his losses in Kirshtein, Lee is swept back into the fray when a dangerous new Herald sets her sights on him. Hell-bent on reshaping the world in her own image and with her own ideals, she is willing to commit even the most immoral acts in her pursuit of righteousness. At risk of losing everything he has worked so hard to create, Lee has to find a way to defend the weak against a madwoman whose deranged sense of justice has twisted the limits of the game. 

To make matters even more difficult, Lee is forced to face these problems while dealing with an increasingly erratic system he doesn't understand and the Goddess of Blood's own strong-willed Herald. 

This is the third installment of War Aeternus, a popular LitRPG gamelit book that focuses on the adventures of Lee, a regular office worker stuck in a game-like world.

©2017 on Charles Dean (P)2018 Charles Dean

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The weak must be eradicated

Lee and the surviving team return for book three, and all I can say is that this is a welcome return after the kick in the feelz that Dean gave us in the last book. One thing I will say about the Lord of Beards is that he knows how to entertain. After the events in the last novel, Lee is in a funk, and he isn’t looking to break out of it anytime soon. To say that the quality of his mercy is strained would be an understatement. This leads to one of the funniest scenes in the book, in which Lee and the amazing Miller rush to defend a monument Lee built at the end of book two. Sorry, spoilers and all that, so I can’t reveal anything, but there are two moments in which Miller steals the show. The first comes from the eating of the nobleman’s heart, and the other is the spear to the face and Miller playing thing off with the line, “Well, you said to kill anyone moving towards the statue.” I burst out laughing, and chuckled for another ten minutes after the scene was played out. I admit that I am a Miller junkie. And, if I am being honest, that is the only complaint that I have about this book. There is not enough Miller. He is missing for a big chunk of it, but it is for reasons that I cannot reveal. So, I just cherished every moment I had with him.

Thankfully, Lee keeps things interesting as he goes around killing blind children and old people, this is all about culling the weak, after all. While this might sound controversial, it is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, horrifying, and moving as Lee is only doing what he must. Meanwhile, poor Augustus is getting his butt chewed off for having a herald who goes around killing other heralds. Even though that is pretty much expected of him. Augustus is probably my second favorite character, because he just does what he wants, and worries about consequence later, since he doubts they will ever affect him.

Dean also introduces a new character, Jade, who could be a Patty Duke styled cousin to the Bathrobe Knight’s Stephanie. She is a fun character who has no issue speaking her mind, lives as if she were in a Manga Anime series, and just so happens to see non heralds as NPC’s who are not real. Her POV is . . . . . . . . . . . . . .different , to say the least. You can tell that Charles had a blast writing her, and that Lee is in some serious trouble with her as a companion. To say that she makes life complicated for him would be an understatement. Dean is almost making a harem for Lee, who just isn’t biting. We have Ling, Brigid, and Jade, but for me Masha is the best and most practical choice for Lee in my humble opinion. I really like her, and think that he has an emotional tie with her that the others all lack. If I was going to play MFK with these ladies, I would marry Masha. I love Jade, as a character, but she is far too crazy town for me. Like I said, she reminds me of Stephanie, and while both I and my kids loved her, we wouldn’t want to marry her.

The story is fast paced, and we finally get back to Satterfield. Lee gets to know the game AI, and the herald he faces off against is about a bat crap crazy as you can get. I don’t think that there was ever a moment that wasn’t dragging me along at a break neck speed, an awesome fight was taking place, or danger didn’t loom off in the corner. This is a tightly written tale that fulfills every need for comedy, action, adventure, emotion, and big events. Dean just continues to step up his game. I see him improve in every book he has written, and I know that WA4 is going to be even more amazing. I have no complaints on the word front.

As for the narration, well I have to say that I have never heard Jeff Hays do better. I don’t think there is another person who could pull off Jade the way that he does. Are multiple reasons Jeff is amazing, and his ability to do believable female voices is one of them. Still, he hits the attitude and exuberance that is Jade like he lived with her as a kid. Between his performance of her and that of Miller I don’t know how Lee ever gets a voice of his own. Jade definitely steals the show. Annie plays a fine Brigid, and who I’ll call the crazy chicken lady (because that is all I could see when she transformed). She nails them both like she was a gas powered hammer. I really like their chemistry, these two don’t work so well together as they just blend flawlessly with one another. They go together like water and a Kool aid packet. Like peas and carrots. As always, the sound production is exemplary and the book is as clear as Crystal Lake right after summer break. SBT has the highest quality standards when it comes to storytelling that you could ask for.

War Aeternus: The Culling literally cut away every weak moment that it had, and left us with the most choice cut of pure Kobe Beef. This story had real meat on its bones, and I most happily dug in and asked for thirds when it was all over. I am giving this book a 9. It is solid, surprising, funny, and poignant. I could not have asked for or expected more.


Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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A live action masterpiece

First and foremost I’d to congratulate Charles Dean for his work on The series “War Aeternus”. I have finished all 4 books each as captivating and entertaining on its own unique way. A big shout out to the amazing work of Jeff Hays and Annie Aliecott from Soundbooth Theater. This is my 5th book I have finished from Charles Dean ( The Heroic Villain). This was my introduction to litrpg. I’m very pleased on how the scenes were painted to the point of its smallest details( especially battle scenes). Also I’m just going to put this out here, Soundbooth Theater is a masterpiece. I think the combination of both how detailed Charles is and how deep Jeff Hays gets into each character. The scenes are narrated to perfection. Where as in other narrative teams they need to point out certain emotions, Soundbooth theater is able to bring it to life with no description needed. You can feel how each emotion, mood is happening as its played out. There is a difference in describing and acting out the scenes. I’m very pleased with how they operate. I believe its a perfect combination like wine and cheese. So as a reader, I’d rather pay more for quality work to have Soundbooth Theater narratives. It’s such an amazing difference compared to other audiobooks. It can really ruin a good book to be honest, if the narrative team is not as competent and passionate with the work of the author. I seen it happen, and would just like to give authors and readers out there the outlook on both teams. Like I mentioned earlier I’d wait and pay more to have a team like Soundbooth theater work passionately and bring the book to life. I’m not knocking other narrative teams but if anything I want to motivate them to improve and use them as an example. I have waited to finish all 4 books before reviewing. I wanted to have an overall outlook on the series. Each book you become closer and closer to all characters. You can feel the transition and growth of each character throughout the series. I’d love to see maybe War Aeternus 5 one day. There was another post that made a good point, when we want a series to continue, a good way to do that is to promote all previous books. So that others readers are aware and can generate the demand for the author. So if you are a fan, like myself. I’m going to do my best to spread the word and preach War Arternus! Follow the God of alcohol and crafts! Bring as many followers as you can! For justice and Glory!

https://www.audible.com/series/War-Aeternus-Audiobooks/B07F6WKYF4

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Great narrative, but the MC is jerk!

Ok, finished the 3rd book and I have to say, what the heck happened!!!!

before I go and rant I will say that the series is worth a read. starts slow but gains speed and Its fresh take on litrpg is creative. I wish there was more of a back story on the what and whys but it's still a good read.

NOW, after finishing the 3rd book, I HATE Lee. he has become unlikable, his decisions are completely contrary to logic in any way. like all the time. at least in the 3rd book. the 1st he was lovable in a way and unknowing, the 2nd he was gaining speed and becoming confident, and then after one death he has lost sight of what the point of this war. people far above him telling/suggesting what to do and he does the opposite. straight up refuses to talk to his people and expecting them to fall in line or get out without any explanation whatsoever. he wants yes men, not people who have a brain. his emotions are crippling his ability to use common sense and ruins this book!
This bugs me because the author and narrator do a great job of getting you emotionally evolved. this being said, I want to smack Lee!

THIS IS MY TAKE on his behavior and other than the main character acting like an arrogant teenage monk who thinks girls and sex are icky, the other characters make up for it. jade is an absolute riot!!! I love her. she needs her own book for sure, and Miller is a star aswell. I got plenty of looks for laughing out loud at what they thought was nothing.

The narrator was brilliant and is now in my top 3 hands down. he has more so many variations to his voice that sometimes I swear theres more than one guy. he even has a different narrative voice than he did in other series. I love him and sound booth audio aswell. those guy are fantastic.

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Has gotten progressively more cringeworthy

The author has turned the protagonist into a psychopathic killer convinced he is infallible ready to murder at any slight. Which might be ok if I knew the author realized he was writing him this way and had a plan for it, but so far as I can tell the author also feels this behavior is justified. The character's behavior, threats, and actions are reminiscent of an angry antisocial teenager, I thought the series was an interesting idea but book 3 isn't for me.

Voice acting is good though.

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great audiobook

loved it I love the take on this litrpg book and how the story is going the main character has some cheat powers it seems but other then that it's awesome

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Very good.

Very entertaining story and the narrators are as awesome as always. Thanks for the performance!

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the best junkfood!

Jade completes me! she is the perfect addition to the harem. she the destroyer of the 3rd wall lolz.

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For broads!

well if the last one shagged my mind, this one broken the bed...
bloody hell...
I feel like I need a cigarette after this trip and I don't even smoke...

a true masterpiece of humour and entertainment from both Charles, Jeff and Annie...
what else is there to say?

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Hello darkness my old friend

First off narration was amazing. Second damn did miller really hit me, I was very focused during his pivotal moment. Lee is changing and boy it's rough but needed for him to survive. I really enjoyed this and suggest you pick it up.

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Were tigers and otaku girls

As Lee continues on his journey he seems to keep drawing the attention of other heralds and this time it’s two very different girl heralds...hell has no fury like the scorn of an angry WereTiger or the obsessive puppy love of a hyper active anime otaku girl, good luck Lee

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  • Dingo 883
  • 09-11-19

If you're this far along you already like it

Still an enjoyable tale but not quite as zesty as it once was for me.

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  • Teitur Ásgeirsson
  • 01-26-19

GOOD BOOK

I have over 300 audible titles and I have to say that the narration and performance of this book is one of the best I've heard. It's a compelling universe with a great story and awesome characters

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  • John
  • 02-12-19

War Aeternus 3

Charles Dean is one of the most talented and skilled author . It's shows with this series the characters a well written .
I do love this story and the world the author made and the lost the MC feels in this story . and the voice acting talent of Jeff Hays and Annie Ellicott makes the characters and story come alive. this book is a must to buy and own 12 /10 stars. ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆.......

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-18

Solid

It’s really picking up in pace excitement wit good twists and turns on the way,really looking forward to book 4

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  • Jack
  • 10-01-18

A decent continuation, if questionable at times.

Once again another great performance by Jeff Hays and Anni Ellicott, but jumping straight to this from War Aeternus 2 was a little jarring. The main character, Lee, can feel bi pola at times, jumping from the character from the first two books to acting like the cruel heralds he has faced so far and completely paranoid, hiding information from his party members. A good example of this is Lee contemplating executing a servant early on in the book just for sending Lee his master's request and it continues like this for well into the book. Not only Lee but the other characters can act questionable at times. Jade is the most jarring addition, another herald that is completely anime obsessed and seems incapable of thinking anything without saying it out loud. Another odd choice was the sudden characterization of the game's AI. What was in the first two books was just blue text boxes is now defined as definitely feminine and is holding entire conversations between it/herself and Lee. I wanted to enjoy it and overall I don't regret the spent credit but I'm currently unsure if I'll keep listening if there is a 4th book.